Erasmus+ project: PILAR

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Engineering & IT

As an answer to the deficits in qualified skilled graduates and professionals, the Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) in Sweden launched the remote lab platform Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality, VISIR, at the end of 2006. VISIR is a remote laboratory for wiring and measuring electronic circuits on a breadboard within a web browser. The Erasmus+ project PILAR aims to find a solution for interconnecting all the VISIR systems.

VISIR allows realizing real measurement on physical equipment, but as a real laboratory it has limitations as the mounting components on the relay switching matrix that is limited by the number of nodes and component boards. The PILAR project provides a solution for interconnecting all VISIR systems with each other in order to create a grid laboratory used by all participants. The main objectives are to build an integrated platform of all remote VISIR implementations and then to open it for all other partners in Europe. Further, there will be set of remote practices for electronics and electronic circuits for schools and universities. It will be possible to see which set of remote learning services of which partner institution is used in each moment in a transparent way.

Training week at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)

From 14th – 18th May CUAS organizes a training week for all project partners. Two further training weeks will take part in June in Sweden and in January 2019 in Spain. “We want to have fully educated trainers able to train others and also students. At the moment we are in the middle of the project and we want to speed up the development of applications”, says Manuel Castro, Professor of Electronics at UNED. "The real advantage of the training week is especially the fact that the group is well split. There are experts in any field of engineering, with different backgrounds and experiences which leads to solution-oriented learning”, adds Wlodek Kulesza, Professor in Signal Processing at BTH. Every partner institution is going to implement the results in teaching and training. The topic is not only interesting for universities but also for vocational schools. “We benefit from the occasion to include a different approach in teaching first-grade students. With PILAR we combine online and offline laboratories”, mentions Elina Lehtikangas, coordinator of the international affairs at OMNIA.



FH-Prof. Dipl.-Math. Dr. phil. habil. Andreas Pester
Director of Studies, Professor of Mathematics
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